Georgian set to host OCAA Badminton Championships

Published on February 16, 2017

A group of badminton players.The Athletic Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College is ready to welcome the top 48 student-athletes to this year’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Badminton Championships presented by belairdirect Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18. Continue reading

Positioning Georgian for a strong, sustainable future

Published on February 16, 2017

Georgian’s vision, as featured in our strategic plan, is to accelerate success through exceptional teaching and learning, innovation and partnerships.

Our strategic commitments include ‘strong foundations’. Today, the college announced a number of decisions which will allow Georgian to maintain balanced budgets and make strategic investments to serve students now and in the future – including new investment in student spaces in partnership with the Georgian College Students’ Association.

Read the news release on our website.


Georgian plans for strong, sustainable future

Published on February 16, 2017

For 50 years, a strong vision, clear sense of purpose and unyielding accountability to students and community has been the backbone of Georgian College. This continues under the new strategic plan launched last fall after 10 months of extensive consultation. Georgian’s plan is built on four pillars: accelerated success, meaningful collaboration, inspired innovation and strong foundations.

Georgian is implementing a series of operational decisions aligned with the strong foundations pillar to maintain a balanced budget and ensure a strong, sustainable future. Continue reading

Seeking unique Georgian stories for videos to inspire prospective students

Published on February 14, 2017

a photographer sitting on the floor taking photos of three students sitting on a green couchWe’re looking for unique and inspiring stories from students about what brought them to Georgian. Why our school, our programs or our community is a perfect fit.

We want the stories to be unique, passionate, authentic and heart-warming. They can also be funny and charming. You may know a fellow student who:

  • wanted to become a nurse because someone in their family received wonderful care and this memory stayed with them
  • spent their weekends working on cars with their dad and developed a passion for automobiles and is now in our automotive program
  • or maybe you have a great personal journey to share!

We want to hear – and tell – these stories through dynamic new videos being produced and widely distributed by Marketing and Communications. Prospective students should connect with and relate to these stories so they can imagine themselves here and be inspired to choose Georgian.

Submissions should include a short synopsis (max. of 100 words) of the story. Please include the student’s:

  • name
  • campus
  • Georgian program
  • contact info
  • photo or short video

Those selected for the video project will be asked to:

  • participate in an interview in late February
  • be available for filming in mid-March

Please send your submission by Feb. 17 to to have your name added to a draw for a $30 Georgian Stores gift card.

We will email successful entrants with details: clothing guidelines, meeting and shoot times, as well as location details.

Co-curricular record: Volunteer at robot battle March 24 to 26

Published on February 13, 2017

What is the FIRST Robotics competition?

Georgian is hosting Barrie’s largest ever robotics competition on March 25 and 26. The FIRST Robotics competition will pit 35 robots, built and programmed by teams of Ontario high school students, against one another. The teams are busy developing the machines to achieve specific tasks like collecting fuel, installing gears, and climbing structures.

What kinds of volunteer positions are available?

Approximately 100 volunteers are needed from March 24 to 26 to ensure the competition runs smoothly – March 24 is set-up day. Technical knowledge is not a requirement for most positions. The event planning committee is currently specifically recruiting for: volunteer registration assistants, an awards assistant and pit admin support. If you’re interested, now is the time to sign up to help! Visit to get started.

What’s in it for me?

You can include this volunteer experience on your co-curricular record – an official document to help enhance your portfolio. Plus, you get to see cool robots in action!

Local businesses support FIRST Robotics event at Georgian

Published on February 10, 2017

A team at a FIRST Robotics event last year, mid-competition - standing behind the plexiglass around the ring
A team in action at a 2016 FIRST Robotics event

On March 25 and 26, Georgian College is hosting Barrie’s largest ever robotics competition. Several local businesses are rallying to support the event.

Nissan is the presenting sponsor. Honda is the Georgian Team Pit and Machine Shop Sponsor. Prodomax is the food lounge and meal sponsor. InvestBarrie is an event partner. Advanced Motion and Controls Ltd is an event supporter. Continue reading

Barrie GCSA president re-elect talks students, life and plans for the future

Published on February 10, 2017

Young man in suit and tie, looking out the window
Avery looks ahead to his second term as president

Meet Avery Konda, president re-elect of the Georgian College Students’ Association at the Barrie Campus and future serial entrepreneur. Avery is currently finishing his final year of the Environmental Technology advanced diploma. After graduation, he plans to pursue the one-year Shki Miikan (New Road) certificate.

What inspired you to choose Georgian? Georgian is a recognized leader in co-op education. I understood when applying to postsecondary that hands-on experience would help give me an edge with future employers.

What are you looking forward to most this year as president? Continuing to build on the successes of the current GCSA council and implementing those successes on a wider scale through action plans. This council revolutionized the professionalism and presence of our GCSA at the Barrie Campus. Because of that, I hope to continue to increase our reputation and brand awareness while assisting, advocating and implementing as many student actions, causes or initiatives as possible.

What are you proud of achieving so far as president? There’s lots I could mention but three things that stand out to me include:

  • GCSA’s $25,000 donation to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to support mental health services for youth
  • having a presence at every orientation session at the Barrie Campus
  • GCSA’s $15,000 donation to the International Ambassador Campaign – supporting students travelling to local and events abroad with marketing support (e.g. GoPro videos)

How did you get involved in student government? Former GCSA Barrie president Scott Emslie inspired me to become a director. He was my RA in residence and saw leadership potential in me. After a few months of being involved, I caught the leadership bug.

Why is it important for students to have a voice? It’s a way for us to leave a legacy for future generations of our peers. Having a student voice at the table ensures enhanced experiences, more varied opportunities, and more student-centred institutional decisions.

What keeps you in the role? My peers give me the passion, motivation and desire to make a meaningful difference. We’re all here, from a variety of backgrounds, working together to create a bright future. I’m proud to help students achieve their dreams and ensure access to experiential learning opportunities, jobs on campus, exceptional student services, and leadership development.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being president? Seeing someone realize their potential as a leader. I have – time and time again – sat down with a peer who says, “Student leadership is not for me” or “I can’t do it because I need to focus only on my academics.” But a short conversation can change everything – it can ignite a fire or passion. Students who, four months ago, were too afraid to speak up now challenge me and confidently express their opinion – and it’s all to the betterment of Georgian.

Most challenging? Finding time to balance everything – academics, social life, GCSA and extra-curricular activities. As president, I am responsible for seven executives, 10 directors and 11,000 students – each with their own cause, and each with an important strength they bring to Georgian. It can be an exhausting, overwhelming job that often wears me out, but it’s also incredibly rewarding and teaching me how to better manage my time.

What do you like to do for fun? I’m an avid health and fitness advocate. Every morning I work on a bodybuilding routine in preparation for an upcoming men’s physique competition. I also love to read and volunteer for social causes like Global Citizen or Make-a-Wish.

What advice might you give a new Georgian student? Find ways to balance your academic, work and social life. I have a dedicated schedule in Outlook that keeps me on track and helps me remember everything. If I have 30 minutes scheduled at the gym and someone says they need me, unless it’s urgent I tell them to wait. It’s so important to have your own time – and in the long run it enables you to be more effective. I also recommend getting involved as a student leader. It’s a great way to acquire new skills, build your networks and enhance your Georgian experience.

Who or what has been your greatest teacher? My mentors. Throughout the course of my eight-month entrepreneurial co-op and as president of GCSA, I’ve had numerous mentors who have guided me toward success. I truly believe that if you want to be successful, you must have a mentor to guide, assist and motivate you along the way.

What’s your favourite subject in the school of life? Learning. I consider myself a sponge. I’m open to new ideas and change. Tradition, while valuable, can sometimes get in the way of growth and development. In my role as president, I ensure tradition, ego or different values or perspectives never get in the way of advancing a student cause or enriching the student experience.

Who or what inspires you? Individuals with strength-based leadership inspire me. People like Richard Branson who truly believes that letting a manager lead by their strengths and ensuring employee happiness is paramount to making customers happy – that it actually comes first. This form of management contradicts the “work hard and make money” bottom line approach. But I think it’s the way of the future.

Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize: Share your ideas

Published on February 6, 2017

Identify the challenges Ontario will face and the opportunities that will emerge over the next 50 years—and share your plan of action as part of The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.

What’s the prize?

  • $2,500 honorarium
  • all submissions stand to inform the future of policy in Ontario
  • finalists will showcase their abilities and ideas at events involving industry and political leaders in one of six cities—Thunder Bay, Kingston, Windsor, Waterloo, Brampton, and Toronto (all travel and accommodation costs will be covered)
  • finalists will be recognized by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, at a Queen’s Park reception
  • winners and their ideas will be profiled—with photos and a full write-up—in The Walrus magazine alongside the Lieutenant Governor

How does it work?

Submitting an entry is easy:

  • choose from one of six categories
  • submit an essay (max. 800 words) or a video (max. two minutes) that communicates your visionary idea about the future of Ontario and a matter of important public policy

Visit The Walrus magazine website for full details. Deadline: March 6.

Georgian to launch 10 new programs this fall

Published on February 3, 2017

Laughing chef student talking to another student in a bake labGeorgian College is continuing its leadership in education with the addition of 10 new programs starting in September. The programs are a mix of diploma, certificate and graduate certificates and also include two degree-diplomas in partnership with Lakehead University. Continue reading

Event organized Friday to support Muslim students

Published on February 2, 2017

All students are valued at Georgian regardless of race or religious affiliation and we want everyone to feel comfortable and safe here.

In light of the recent attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, and to express support in solidarity for the Muslim community, the Segal International Centre invites everyone to drop by the international student lounge (Room C277) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Barrie Campus.

This is an opportunity for students to discuss their feelings about the attack, express any concerns they have, and familiarize themselves with supports on campus.

Hot tea and snacks will be available.

All are welcome.

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